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  Nutrition & Dietetics CONTACTS LOCATION Waterloo Campus ADDRESS King’s College London 150 Stamford Street London SE1 8WA CONTACT  Health Schools Admissions Centre EMAIL  ug-healthadmissions@kcl.ac.uk TEL  +44 (0)20 7848 6511/6579 FAX  +44 (0)20 7848 6510 www.kcl.ac.uk/medicine/research/divisions/dns KEY FACTS Students admitted 2011:  20 (Nutrition BSc) 24 (Nutrition & Dietetics BSc) Applicants per place 2011:  11 (Nutrition BSc) 14 (Nutrition & Dietetics BSc) Teaching staf:  18 ã  Ranked number one in the UK for nutrition in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. ã  Highest possible ratings by the Quality Assurance Agency for dietetics. ã  Multidisciplinary approach, having a strong interface with medicine. Why study nutrition and dietetics at King’s? The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics was established in 1945 as the rst university department of nutrition in Europe. It is a leader in the training of students, research, and consultancy to governments, international agencies, industry and the media. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, King’s Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division was awarded the highest ranking in the UK for its discipline. We prepare students to work in the NHS and to advise consumer groups, the food industry and governmental agencies, or to engage in research. Our approach is multidisciplinary, drawing upon expertise in biochemistry, food science, medicine, physiology, social and environmental sciences. Students can study topical subjects such as sports nutrition, the relationship between diet and disease, antioxidants and cancer, energy metabolism and obesity. Teaching style Teaching is based on lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and directed reading. There is ample scope for students to pursue their own lines of interest. Students carrying out research projects have access to the School’s Genomic Centre, a state-of-the-art facility for investigating the interaction between nutrition and genetics. Structure of programmes and assessment Examination and assessment for both programmes is by formal written examinations, essays, coursework, practical reports and seminar presentations. The balance of assessment methods varies with each module. The second, third and fourth years of the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc programme include dietetic placements in approved clinical departments. Placements must be successfully completed in order to qualify for registration as a dietitian. Location and facilities Our library has the most extensive collection of nutrition books and journals in the UK. The department, located in new purpose-built facilities, is well equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment, such as gas-liquid chromatographs, mass spectrometry and High Performance Liquid Chromatography. There is a metabolic unit for conducting human research studies and a food preparation laboratory for teaching the practical aspects of diet therapy. Computers and software are available for nutritional and statistical analyses. The thriving Student Nutrition Society oers an exciting programme of outside speakers and there are opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health. Selection procedure Selection for interview is based on your UCAS application. Candidates will be short listed and invited to attend a departmental open day between January and March, which will include a tour, a lecture, an interview and lunch. In addition to academic entry requirements, we are keen to ensure that applicants for the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc (B401) have had some experience working, volunteering or shadowing in a health or social care environment that is relevant to nutrition and dietetics. This could include a nursing or residential home, children’s playgroup, catering kitchen or hospital. Applicants who live in London who wish to shadow a dietitian are requested not to contact clinical departments directly, due to the current constraints on NHS resources within London. Instead, you should attend one of the Careers in Dietetics open days organised by local dietitians. For further details please visit www.londondietetics.co.uk . Once you have attended one of these open days you will be provided with an attendance certicate. If you are shortlisted for an interview for the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc at King’s, you should bring a copy of this certicate with you and give it to your interviewers. Applicants from outside London may be able to organise for themselves an opportunity to shadow a dietitian working within a hospital or community setting. If you are able to shadow a dietitian you will need to complete the ‘Shadowing a dietitian’ form available at www.kcl.ac.uk/content/1/c6/04/30/14/ShadowDietitian.pdf   If you are shortlisted for interview then you should bring this form with you and give it to your interviewers. Special notes The Health Professions Council requires that all applicants for registration complete a self-declaration of health. This is a statement conrming that their health will not impair their ability to give safe and eective care. Therefore, students undertaking the Nutrition ‘When I attended my interview at  King’s, I felt apprehensive about my abilities to live up to the reputation of the university. However, whilst the degree programme so far has been challenging, it has caused me to grow as a person as well as an academic student over the last couple of years. Being oered a place at  such a prestigious university was an opportunity I was not willing to pass up. King’s has a well-organised and integrated approach to the delivery of its dietetics programme coupled with outstanding facilities, lecturers and campus environments.’  Joshua Pietkiewicz Nutrition & Dietetics BSc     S    T    U    D    E    N    T     P    R    O    F    I    L    E 122 SCHOOL OF MEDICINE  Degree programmes See page 12 for explanation of King’s single/joint and  major/minor programmes SINGLE HONOURS Nutrition BSc ACCREDITATION Accredited by the Association for Nutrition, allowing graduates to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.UCAS CODE B400 STUDY MODE Full timeDURATION Three yearsLOCATION Waterloo CampusA broad-based three-year degree that prepares the student to be a nutrition scientist. Graduates follow a wide variety of careers in areas including the food industry, local and national government agencies, health promotion, public relations, journalism and scientic research. Students study related biological sciences and have a choice of specialised options in years two and three, eg nutrition and genetics, and modules covering sports nutrition, links between diet and disease etc.YEAR ONE Six core modules: Basic Biochemistry for Nutrition Students; Introduction to Nutrition; Introduction to Food Science & Technology; Cell Biology & Genetics; Physiological Systems for Nutrition Students; Social & Psychological Studies.YEAR TWO Three core modules: Nutrition & Health; Eating Habits; Research Methods for Health Sciences. Plus four optional modules, which must include physiology and biochemistry.YEAR THREE Four core modules: Applied Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition; Public Nutrition Research Project; Specialised Topics in Nutrition. Plus optional modules that may include a modern language. Nutrition & Dietetics BSc ACCREDITATION Registration in Dietetics with the Health Professions CouncilUCAS CODE B401 STUDY MODE Full timeDURATION Four yearsLOCATION Waterloo Campus Nutrition is the study of the inuence of food intake on health and wellbeing, and dietetics is the application of nutritional knowledge tailored to individual needs in the prevention and management of disease. Graduates in Nutrition & Dietetics are eligible for registration as a dietitian with the Health Professions Council and can be employed in the NHS as a dietitian. However, graduates can also work in the food or pharmaceutical industries, research, academia or in the media.YEAR ONE Core modules: Basic Biochemistry for Nutrition Students; Introductory Food Science & Technology; Introduction to Nutrition; Introduction to Professional Practice; Physiological Systems; Social & Psychological Studies.YEAR TWO Six core modules plus clinical placement at the end of the year. Core modules: Eating Habits; Physiological Control; Food Service & Catering Management; Metabolism; Nutrition & Health; Research Methods for the Health Sciences.YEAR THREE Four core modules plus one option and a 12-week clinical placement from May to September. Options can include specialist modules such as Nutrition & Genetics. Core modules: Applied Nutrition; Communication & Health Promotion; Diet Therapy; Principles of Clinical Science & Therapeutics.YEAR FOUR Two core modules, research project and a 12- to 14-week placement between February and May. Core modules: Advanced Diet Therapy & Medicine; Dietetics Research Project; Management, Health & Social Policy. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 3 A-LEVELS & 1 AS-LEVEL (Compulsory subjects) B401 AAB/pass (GCSE requirements: grade B at English and  Maths if not oered at AS/A-level. Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) A-level required) B400 ABB/pass (GCSE requirements: grade B at English and  Maths if not oered at AS/A-level. Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) A-level required) INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE B401 36 points with 665 at HL including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) B400 34 with 655 at HL including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology), one at HL6 & Dietetics BSc (B401) will be expected to inform academic sta and occupational health of any relevant issues (this includes health issues such as eating disorders that may inuence the student’s judgement in clinical practice). Students accepting a place on the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc (B401) will also be required to obtain occupational health clearance and Criminal Records Bureau clearance at the enhanced level. Career prospects and graduate destinations A high proportion of our nutrition graduates continue to work in the area, for example entering nutrition research institutes throughout the world. In view of the growth of public interest in food and health, properly qualied nutritionists are highly sought after. Many are employed by consumer groups, food retailers, government and the food industry and others become food and health journalists. Graduates in Nutrition are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics. Dietitians work in a variety of locations and in a diverse range of roles. Following graduation, most dietitians work in the NHS setting either in acute clinical care or in community and primary care. Many then go on to specialise in a particular area, such as diabetes, obesity, nutritional support or public health. However, there are many other exciting roles including management, research, education or working freelance. Some go on to do further study (eg MSc, PhD) and the Nutrition & Dietetics BSc followed by clinical practice is an ideal building block for this. RECENT GRADUATES HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT AS... ã Dietitian, Leicester Royal Inrmary ã Community Dietitian, Berkshire West PCTã Dietitian, Royal Brompton Hospital ã Nutritionist and Advisor, Pzer ã Development Nutritionist, Unilever ACCESS B401 Access to Health and Human Sciences Diploma or Access to Nutritional Diploma. This should be 60 credits overall and all should be at Level 3. In total, 45 Level 3 credits should be achieved at Distinction, where credit grades are available. B400 Access to Health and Human Sciences Diploma or Access to Nutritional Diploma. This should be 60 credits overall and all should be at Level 3. In total, 36 Level 3 credits should be achieved at Distinction, where credit grades are available. In terms of subjects, 36 Level 3 credits should be in a mixture of chemistry and biology, and this must include a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits in chemistry. Access to Nursing is not eligible. Access to Science is eligible only if the requirements above can be met. SCOTTISH HIGHERS & ADVANCED HIGHERS B401 A2 A2 A2 B3 B3 at Highers including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) B400 A2 A2 B3 B3 B3 at Highers including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE B401 A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) B400 A1 A1 B1 B1 B2 B2 including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS AND/OR SAT/ACT B401 Three AP subjects with 554 including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) B400 Three AP subjects with 544 including including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) CAMBRIDGE PRE-U B401 3 Pre-U principal subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) B400 3 Pre-U principal subjects with grades of D3 M2 M2 including Chemistry and Biology (or Human Biology) APTITUDE TEST No test required  More information including requirements for other countries can be  found on our website www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus   www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus for full programme details  123
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